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New York Times Book Review: The Omnivore's Dilemma - A Natural History of Four Meals

This is an old review but the information is still relevant.

Read the review here:

Excerpts from the review:

"When you can eat just about anything nature has to offer," Michael Pollan writes in his thoughtful, engrossing new book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," "deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety."

"...for Pollan, the final outcome is less important than the meal's journey… Continue

Added by Katherine Coles on July 28, 2008 at 11:06pm — No Comments

New York Times Article: A Locally Grown Diet With Fuss but No Muss

An interesting twist on how even the folks with no time but enough money are endeavoring to be "locavores".


Excerpted from article:

As a result of interest in local food and rising grocery bills, backyard gardens have been enjoying a renaissance across the country, but what might be called the remote-control backyard garden — no planting, no weeding, no dirt under the fingernails — is a twist. “They want to have a garden, they don’t want… Continue

Added by Katherine Coles on July 28, 2008 at 2:12pm — No Comments

SOS!! i've got MOLD

Hello, I have several work plants and because of over loving, watering, and feeding MOLD has sprung up! Can someone give me some remedies. It is actually mushrooms that are growing in one of my plants the other one is in the roots. I've just re-poted them and its all over. Please help...

Added by curlytop on July 26, 2008 at 10:11am — No Comments

Worms, Worms, Bionic Poop, Worms and Spam

I've been curious about raising worms since I was introduced to it at the Green Building Expo in Scottsdale in late 2007. It seemed really complicated and foreign at the time. Bags and boxes of worms and scraps....I wasn't sure I was up to it. But I've always liked to watch interesting creatures up close, especially insects, worms, birds and lizards.…


Added by Melissa Carlson on July 24, 2008 at 10:23pm — 2 Comments

Gardening for Dummies

Ah yes - I'm the dummy in this scenario. There are just so many scenarios.

What soil do I buy? What do I plant in? What do I plant? What do I plant together? When do I plant it? Ahhhh! Am I doing this right?

I stood in the aisle and thought, "Right or wrong I'm going to do it and I'll make changes if need be along the way." So I bought soil. I bought various containers. I'm waiting for my next trip to grab the really big container for my monsoon garden. Right now I just… Continue

Added by on July 21, 2008 at 10:31pm — No Comments

mushroom hunting

Last week, Mark & I went for a hike in the Apache reservation. Mt. Baldy had several Boletes, which was early for them. I was surprised, and then let down when I turned one over, only to see worms in them.

I plan on going to find more where I usually find them, in the next few weeks.

I did find several hundred wild strawberries, and walked with a handful for over an hour , waiting to give them to Mark, who was a mile behind me. Finally I ate them, and a few minutes later, he… Continue

Added by tanya on July 21, 2008 at 1:15pm — 3 Comments

Humble Beginnings

I spent the weekend in Flagstaff and was excited to find Native Plants on Butler. I stopped in and picked up two winter squash starters and two cucumber ones as well. Yay! My container garden begins. I also bought several seed packets based off of the planting calendar. Hopefully I'm on my way. I'll be shopping for my containers tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Added by on July 20, 2008 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Tomato Follies: Accepting Biodiversity

The grand tomato that you see before you is one of my most emotional gardening achievements. The strange thing is that it was the easiest thing in my garden to grow. I did not lay mulch or compost. I did not even sow seeds. The plant that became this tomato is a marvel in and of itself. It is volunteer.

Volunteer plants are plants that seed themselves in a cultivated gardenscape. Plants that you don't ask for and certain do not… Continue

Added by Heather Welch on July 17, 2008 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

.....Local farms create sense of community....Growing interest in food suppliers boosts agriculture consortiums."It's a unique and very valuable way to access fresh and local produce" Interesting Fr…

.....Local farms create sense of community....Growing interest in food suppliers boosts agriculture consortiums."It's a unique and very valuable way to access fresh and local produce"

Interesting Front page article in the Arizona Republic Business section on July 11th.. To read search articles on

CSA's..... Community Supported Agriculture programs-Organic Farms mentioned with membership programs :, and… Continue

Added by sandy on July 12, 2008 at 11:06am — No Comments

How to Green Your House from the Outside In, A Permaculture Design In Progress

Greening Your House from the Outside In Market Class Prez.pdf

Welcome to the Permaculture Progress Report for the Lonetti House! We will keep you posted during the changes to our home, urban orchards and gardens as we phase in more sustainable and energy efficient retrofits to this 1950 Suburban Home built by John F Long in the citrus orchards of north-central Phoenix.

As a… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on July 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Site Visioning: When the Current Tenant Still Hasn't Moved Out

I am so excited about getting started on the permaculture design for the new house that I will be moving into (and yes, this does happen every time. and yes, I do tend to move alot. But hey, who can fault guerilla permaculturing the Valley by spending a year in every rental available?) that I have begun a brief design of the site without actually walking the property. Huh.. you say? How can you complete a design of a property that you may have seen but never actually paced out the dimensions… Continue

Added by Heather Welch on July 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Home in the July issue of Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine

My husband Architect Perry Becker and I have our home featured in the July issue of Phoenix Home and Garden.........The Living Green issue...we are on page 124...Starting from Scratch.We look forward to adding solar when better incentives or pricing becomes more affordable.Most of the plants are native and through friends and neighbors had the opportunity to save and plant over 300 cactus.

Our yard and trees had a wonderful bloom this year..... we are very fortunate to have several… Continue

Added by sandy on June 29, 2008 at 4:32pm — 1 Comment

In the Beginning...

I have been convinced that the best way for me to document my permaculture experiments and revelation is through this blogging option (It was pointed out to me that I always lose the scrap papers and bits of napkin that I usually jot these things down on and that if I ever wanted to be able to find this information again, it might be best if I put it somewhere physically out of my hands :).

As I am preparing to move to yet ANOTHER location, I will be putting my summer garden at my… Continue

Added by Heather Welch on June 27, 2008 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Saguaro Syrup

Wow! What a day. Today I made saguaro Syrup for the first time. I harvested 35 fruits (bahidaj to the Tohono O’odham). The harvesting, fun...the scooping of the fruit, tedious...the result, Heavenly. It only made enough to cover about 10 pancakes but it's a start. I hope we can all do this soon on a grander scale.…


Added by Nick on June 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

National Park Bio Toilet

This morning as I got ready for work and the TV played in the background, I heard something about a ribbon-cutting on a "bio toilet" in a national park. Intrigued, I dug around and found this story: Ribbon-Cutting Planned for $70,000 "Bio Toilet" at Mount Rainier National Park.

The article states: "From the outside… Continue

Added by Chris B on June 6, 2008 at 9:40am — No Comments

My Garden Photos - Proud Mama :)

Salad FROM my garden :)

My Front Garden - still in backyard though :)

My Back Garden…


Added by Heidi on May 31, 2008 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

Autumn caulis with weal appeal

Judges from the Royal Horticultural Society's Vegetable Trials Assessment Panel have been busy selecting the very best autumn-harvesting cauliflowers for your garden. Panel member Colin Randel brings you the results.

This trial was a little unusual; rather than being held at the RHS Wisley Gardens in Surrey it took place at the trial grounds of Elsoms Seeds of Spalding, Lincolnshire, this fam ous commercial breeder and seed supplier grows a wide range o f brassicas on its…


Added by Lisa Burpee on May 25, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

Anybody know?

I came across this plant in an alley in the Del Norte neighborhood. Anybody know what it is?

Added by Chris B on May 24, 2008 at 6:10pm — 6 Comments

The CO2 Beneath Your Feet

Quote of the day: "It's been recognized for a while that there need to be many large-scale injections to learn what it is we need to learn." Julio Friedmann of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, referring to carbon dioxide burial, aka carbon capture and storage (CCS).

As a writer, I like to let my imagination roam, but never would I have dreamed up CCS. I came across this… Continue

Added by Chris B on May 24, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Green Living Conference

I wanted to write a brief message about the Green Living Conference that Greg and his team put on this past Saturday...I would name the members of his team, however I am very new to the Permie World and don't know many of them!

It was an amazing event with amazing speakers, vendors and food! I met a lot of wonderful people and learned more than I thought I could in one day!

At any rate, I just wanted to write a Thank You to Greg and everyone one of the team members involved in putting… Continue

Added by Heidi on May 4, 2008 at 4:45pm — 6 Comments

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